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Direct Democracy, 2.0: The Pirate Party

Hey all, I would like to give you a short summary of my presentation, because I have the feeling that Mr. Zimmerman stole me the show..:The Pirate Party should be a good example for new age, digital, online, political grass route movement and why it sometimes fails. For a short introduction trailer view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KFErYwojT0 1. … Continue reading

The Movement Next Time

By Bill Zimmerman  I’m fed up with people who lived through the Sixties as I did but ask plaintively why political activists don’t flood the streets now as they did then. They don’t remember that when the first lunch counter sit-ins began in 1960, few of us thought that the mere handful of black college students … Continue reading

Total Noise

In light of recent events in Boston, James Gleick of New York Magazine wrote an interesting piece on the relationship between media, current events, and the progression of time. Gleick’s analysis of the public and media response towards a rapidly developing story reminded me much of the exact same relationships during the last presidential campaign … Continue reading

Social Media and Real-Time Diplomacy

An interesting watch; excerpts from a speech by Philip Seib, a professor at the University of Southern California, on real-time diplomacy in the era of social media. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HFMkf1qLKY Very interesting comments made about the use of social as a method of free communication that easily expands with earned media. For example, Seib mentions that “Doctors … Continue reading

The Sabermetricians: The Digital Innovations that Win Campaigns

BY NATE COHN Over the last ten years, political campaigns have become extraordinarily sophisticated. New technology and an eagerness to identify and exploit the slightest competitive edge have turned campaign strategy into a number-crunching, detail-oriented science. Campaign coverage, on the other hand, has remained mainly concerned with unsubstantiated assertions and campaign lore: the attacks, the … Continue reading

“Super Pac” in Presidential Campaign

May 17, 2012   G.O.P. ‘Super PAC’ Weighs Hard-Line Attack on Obama   By JEFF ZELENY and JIM RUTENBERG WASHINGTON — A group of high-profile Republican strategists is working with a conservative billionaire on a proposal to mount one of the most provocative campaigns of the “super PAC” era and attack President Obama in ways that Republicans have so far … Continue reading

Senator Ashley Judd?

Political outlets have recently been buzzing with speculation that actress Ashley Judd will challenge Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell in his bid for re-election. If the reports are true then this will place the Hollywood actress directly in the crosshairs of a Republican machine dedicated to recapturing the Senate and protecting one of the their … Continue reading

The Prince, politicians, and public opinion

Mainstream common wisdom tells us that the American public cares deeply about the moral fiber of their elected representatives. The average voter is said to take an interest in the virtues and vices of a politician’s personal life because there is a belief that good virtue is necessary to create good governance. But I wanted … Continue reading